Light up the grill
Not all Washingtonians are lucky enough to have their own grill ready to fire up at a moment's notice. Apartment dwellers often need to seek common ground before setting match to briquette, and one of the area's best communal grill grounds is Rock Creek Park. Most of its grills operate on a first-come, first-served basis for groups of 25 or less. If you want to nab one ahead of time (or are expecting up to 75 guests), you can reserve one of the park's picnic groves by visiting the D.C. Department of Public Works Permits Office (1250 U St. NW. 202-671-2597). An urban alternative is Helix Lounge's Backyard Bash, where from 5 to 7 p.m. on Wednesdays, the lounge fires up the grill for a bit of a communal cookout (pictured). $7 gets you a beef, chicken, turkey or veggie burger, chips and fixins. To pair your grilled meat with views, head for Clarendon's Eventide, where the first Sunday of each will feature an afternoon rooftop BBQ (Beer, Bourbon and 'Que), with a chance to eat grub and bourbon tastings for $30.
Helix Lounge, 1430 Rhode Island Ave. NW. 202-462-9001. www.hotelhelix.com. Eventide, 3165 Wilson Blvd., Arlington. 703-276-3165. www.eventiderestaurant.com.
Text by Alex Baldinger and photo by Lavanya Ramanathan
The Washington Post